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Hosting your own site
Right off my PC
thestarofdeath




msg:351004
 10:02 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I want to know what i need to host one site off my PC for my self only, and do i need a domain or can i use my IP?
I have a program called <acromedia Contribute will it do the job

 

mford




msg:351005
 10:47 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Can be done quite easily, just need to install apache (or some other web server) and that's it. You can use a local host name to access it, or you can use your local IP address; a domain name is not necessary.

You will need to give some thought to security issues, depending on computer use / the nature of your site etc.

thestarofdeath




msg:351006
 11:02 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

what do u mean by security, from people in my house or the WWW

thestarofdeath




msg:351007
 11:15 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I cant find the download for Apathe

mford




msg:351008
 11:47 pm on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Keeping your computer secure, especial if it has a net connection, is an ongoing process.. and every extra service you introduce i.e. web server, means you have one more to keep up to date.

You need to make sure your web service is secured if you wish it to be internal and private only.. bots and search engines *will* find it.

Depending what you use your computer for, banking etc, you may want to consider using a second computer dedicated to hosting your site.

[httpd.apache.org...]

thestarofdeath




msg:351009
 1:34 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have apathe, what services do i need?

piskie




msg:351010
 1:52 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

In my opinion, the complications and security risks are not worth the very small financial savings.

thestarofdeath




msg:351011
 2:08 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

yes...but what do i need?

ncw164x




msg:351012
 2:22 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

do a search at google for "hosting your own server" or even "hosting your own server at home"

not worth going down this route in my opinion with the cost of hosting being so cheap

onlineleben




msg:351013
 1:27 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

check your sticky mail.
have sent you an url where i got a lot of help (not affiliated).

MatthewHSE




msg:351014
 1:32 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Try XAMPP [sourceforge.net]. I wouldn't use a package like this for a production site, but if the server isn't going to be accessible from the web, XAMPP makes server setup extremely easy.

kalos




msg:351015
 12:51 am on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

XAMPP is great if you just want the thing to run (and not learn how). It installs Apache 2, mod_perl, and PHP. The site has specifics.

If all you want to do is serve static pages to your house and possibly friends around the web just install the base Apache server and tell whatever WYSIWYG editor you're using to look in C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\htdocs (for Apache 2, if you grab Apache 1.3.x remove the 2 I believe in the above) and you're golden. Download takes about 2 minutes on broadband and the install takes about the same. Even my first time editing the configuration file, http.conf, was easy as it is well commented. If you do decide to make changes just open a DOS window, change directories to your Apache bin (C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\bin in the above example) and type "apache -t" (minus quotes) to test your changes before restarting the service.

Although, there again, if all you are after is a simple server to send pages to friends and family the defaults will suffice fine.

-ben

instinct




msg:351016
 10:49 pm on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Another vote here for XAMPP - it greatly simplified my testing server setup.

Also keep in mind that a lot of isp's these days are blocking outgoing port 80 (http port) for their residential broadband packages. At least they are here in my neck of the woods.

For $100 a year (or less) you can have good secure remote hosting. That is what I would recommend. You don't need the headaches.

henry0




msg:351017
 10:54 pm on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Here you go
review my tutorial
Here in our Library [webmasterworld.com]

BTW Welcome ot WebMasterWorld

edit:added welcome /edit

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